Disabling suspend and hibernate on Fedora 16

One somewhat annoying change in Gnome 3 is the fact that Power Off is not exposed to the end-user unless suspend and hibernate are not available. If suspend does not work for some reason (buggy hardware), there is no easy way to disable it.

Recently suggestions to edit /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.upower.policy have started circulating the blogosphere.

Unfortunately editing anything under /usr/share is a bad idea: the changes will be silently overwritten by the next package update (upower for this particular file).

Thus we need something more permanent.

First let us list all possible action keys:

# pkaction | grep upower


Oviously the ones we need to deny access to are the ones named suspend and hibernate

To do that, we have to create a new configuration file under /etc/polkit-1/localauthority
# vi /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/50-disable-suspend.pkla

And copy the following code into that file:

[Disable Suspend]

Finally check that the permission was successfully revoked
$ pkcheck --action-id org.freedesktop.upower.suspend --process $$

Not authorized.

If you get no output from the pkcheck command (make sure to run it as a normal user not root) the permission is still there.

That’s it, after re-login the annoying Suspend will be replaced by a friendly Power Off 🙂


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